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Samantha Chiew6/5/2017 5:21 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Think like an immigrant and 4 other new mindsets to prepare for the future workplace
SINGAPORE (June 5): Soft skills are more important than hard skills, says Pulitzer prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. And helping our children master technology isn’t the most important thing when preparing them for jobs
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SINGAPORE (June 5): Soft skills are more important than hard skills, says Pulitzer prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. And helping our children master technology isn’t the most important thing when preparing them for jobs of the future.

This was what Friedman told Caitlin Fitzsimmons, money editor at The Sydney Morning Herald, at a recent interview. Friedman was at the Sydney Writers' Festival to promote his new book on the age of acceleration, Thank You For Being Late.

The emphasis on technical skills is overdone, says Friedman. Technology is changing so rapidly that you can't possibly equip school kids with the hard skills of the future, because they'll be obsolete before they reach the workforce.

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